In my very unofficial opinion, half the reason why aromatherapy is so effective for stress relief is because in order to take in said aroma, you've got to stop and breathe. That in mind, I've amassed a small but mighty collection of soothing oil blends that I reach for whenever I start to feel antsy or anxiety-ridden.
Ahead, the three that have risen to the top of the heap...
1. Kora Organics Heart Chakra Aromatherapy Oil
I was already a fan of Miranda Kerr's line of natural products, but this relaxing rose-infused oil has turned me into a full-on brand evangelist. At a launch event, Kerr told me that her personal aromatherapist blended this for her when she was "going through a difficult time." No wonder every drop feels like a hug.
KORA Organics | $48
2. Noto Rooted Oil Roller
Palo Santo is kind of like coconut oil—there's nothing it won't cure. Here, the smoky scent is paired with ingredients like earthy vetiver and spicy cardamom. I'd describe the resulting aroma as half herbal, half menthol—and 100% relaxing.
Noto | $26
3. Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment
The meadowsweet and calendula extracts in this blend smell so pure, it's as if you've been transported to Tata Harper's Vermont farm—where I like to imagine deadlines, commitments, and overflowing inboxes don't exist.
Tata Harper | $80